Skaha Lake Park, Penticton

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Skaha Lake, historically known as Dog Lake and originally Lac Du Chien, is a freshwater lake located along the course of the Okanagan River in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada. It has a surface area of approximately 20 km², with a maximum depth of 55 metres. The lake is situated directly south of Okanagan Lake and forms the southern shoreline and boundary of the city of Penticton, British Columbia. The community of Okanagan Falls is located at its southern end, the community of Kaleden lies in the upland area to its west.History and meaning of name"Labelled "L. du Chien" (Dog Lake) on Anderson Map, 1867; labelled "Du Chien L." on Trutch maps, 1866 and 1871. Origin unknown. Later, Dog became the official name. Changed in 1930 to Skaha "to agree with the local name," states the Chief Geographer. However Okanagan Indians say "skaha" is not their word for dog, but is that of the Shuswaps, and that the local word for dog is chokowapee. (Parham, 40). Another spelling is kaekuwapa. The local meaning of skaha is "horse". (Albert Millar). That is also the meaning in the Nicola dialect. (W. G. Clapperton)."Images
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  • Right along Skaha Lake a great area to walk or bike. There are concessions on both ends (seasonal) and a play park for the kids.  more »
  • Huge park, sandy expansive beach. You can play frisbee, volleyball, basketball and use on site exercise equipment. A park for all seasons.  more »
  • Lots to do at the serene park. Has a concession in the summer and jet ski/boat rentals. Beach is nice and sandy with some nice shady tree spots for hot summer days. Has a great ice cream place just of...  more »
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  • Loved it, and so did the kids. You can do so much all in one place. I was impressed. It was awesome. I love the nature feel of it. The natural park, earthy climbing structures, slides, swings. They even had one of those cool baby-adult attached swings. A place for scooters, bikes, huge areas for soccer, tennis courts, the beach, bathrooms, seasonal conssesion. Lot of space and places to picnic on the grass, bench or table. Parking is really close in case you need to make quick trips to the car and back. We will definitely be coming back.
  • I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PLACE. Very well maintained, the facilities are always clean and the rangers are easy to get along with. To new visitors: please keep your dogs on leash! The park is considering banning dogs altogether if they continue to find people with their pooches off leash, and that would be a shame for everyone. Also, a huge thanks to the skaha park watch society for providing security for the lot and preventing theft.
  • Love the trees beach and walk way. Great place to take photos and relax. Pet friendly and appreciation to those dog owners that keep the grass cleaned up.
  • Great place to go for a walk, take the kids to play, or walk the dog. There are beaches here so you can go swimming in the summer.
  • Gorgeous place to walk, sit, or have a picnic. I walk my dog there (ON A LEASH) all the time!
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